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Carrollton crash survivor is now a school bus driver
November 20, 2014
As an eighth grader, Quinton Higgins escaped from the fiery Carrollton, Kentucky, bus crash that killed 27 people. More than 20 years later, he took a surprising career turn: He became a school bus driver.
School bus caught in sagging power lines
August 4, 2014
School officials in British Columbia say that the bus driver evacuated the passengers in this case because the downed wires had sparked a small fire. However, the officials say, "Normally passengers are advised to stay inside the vehicle if live electrical wires are a factor."
Fire that damaged 4 buses being investigated as suspicious
July 8, 2014
The Wake County (N.C.) Public School System school buses caught fire last week in a lot at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. An initial review ruled out an electrical short as the cause, and although other buses in the same lot were vandalized and damaged earlier last week, it is not clear whether the fire is related to that incident, officials said.
Driver honored for saving 40 children from bus fire
July 3, 2014
Last week, the Wisconsin School Bus Association named Steve Linehan Wisconsin School Bus Driver of the Year and presented him with a plaque at a luncheon. Linehan was driving the students to an elementary school, stopped the bus when he smelled smoke, and evacuated the children as flames spread. There were only very minor injuries.
Driver hailed for response to school bus fire
May 15, 2014
Fire officials in Mesa, Ariz., praise a school bus driver for her decisive actions to keep her special-education passengers safe when her bus caught on fire. The driver had reportedly noticed a small amount of smoke while she was driving, and she quickly pulled over and helped her passengers evacuate.
Sisters save students from burning bus
May 13, 2014
As Bettye Windom and Beth Insley were driving home on the evening of April 30, they spotted a school bus with smoke coming out of the front of it and were able to help about 20 Port Gibson (Miss.) High School students get out right before the bus caught fire.
Students help younger passengers during bus fire
April 24, 2014
Four students who attend a middle school within Tulsa Public Schools assist younger students by getting them to the rear emergency exit and out of the bus and keeping them safely away from the bus after smoke began billowing from the engine. Monroe Demonstration School Principal Tom Padalino tells a news outlet that the older students created "a teachable moment, and that's what we're here to do."
Driver, nurse save 4 special-needs students from bus fire
April 4, 2014
Alfred “Al” Lewis pulls the bus over, opens the passenger door and window to let the smoke out, sprays the fire extinguisher into the vents, and gathers the students in wheelchairs and carries them outside to safety. Meanwhile, the nurse helps the other two students out of the rear door.
School bus crash responder wins Carnegie Medal
January 2, 2014
When a school bus collided with a tractor-trailer in Nebraska in 2012, motorist Philip Petr stopped and provided critical help. With a fire spreading in the wreckage, Petr climbed into the bus and helped students escape.
NAPT News & Views — NTSB official, Carrollton film on tap for 2013 Summit
October 4, 2013

NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher A. Hart will headline the NAPT/NASDPTS joint session. Emmy-nominated writer and historian Daniel Blake Smith will present a screening of the film “Impact: After the Crash,” a reenactment of the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., that shares inspirational stories of survivors.

 

Fire suppression system receives UL certification
September 26, 2013
FMNA — formerly Fogmaker North America — receives the Underwriters Laboratories certification for its water mist Automatic Fire Suppression System. The certification, which included both system and component-level testing, focused on life cycle operation, environmental tests, product performance and overall durability.
Wheel end assembly cited in school bus fire
August 22, 2013
A fire on a Blue Bird propane school bus on Monday likely originated in a wheel end assembly and did not compromise the propane fuel tanks, an independent fire investigator finds. There was no one on the bus at the time of the fire, and the engine was off.
First P-mark for bus fire suppression issued
August 15, 2013
As reported last year, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden established the voluntary P-mark certification/quality mark for fire suppression systems for the bus and coach industry. Now, the Compact Line system has earned the first P-mark, and several others are being tested at SP to obtain the mark.
Houston school bus staff trains on survival rescue
August 12, 2013
More than 1,200 school bus drivers and attendants are taking part in mock emergency drills to prepare them for a variety of crises. The drills simulate the effects of a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder and a wreck involving a train, among other scenarios.
Carrollton bus crash survivor points to the positives
July 25, 2013

It has been 25 years since the fiery Kentucky bus crash that killed 27 people. Jason Booher, now a high school administrator and coach, recounts his narrow escape from the burning bus and discusses the safety improvements that stemmed from the tragedy.

Kentucky transportation secretary pushed for increased bus safety
April 8, 2013
Milo D. Bryant, who served as the state’s transportation secretary under Gov. Wallace Wilkinson in the 1980s, passed away last week at the age of 82. Bryant led a bus safety task force that recommended various improvements to school buses and driver training following the fatal 1988 school bus crash in Carrollton.
Maine school bus damaged in fire
February 21, 2013
No one is injured in the blaze, but the Portland Public Schools bus sustains an estimated $35,000 in damage. The district says that an employee was patching the bus' seats using tape, liquid vinyl and a heat gun when the fire began.
Overturned bus training an ‘eye-opener’ for staff
December 11, 2012
More than 80 people in Van Buren County, Mich., participate in an emergency training event that shows them what it feels like to be in an overturned school bus as well as one filled with smoke. Transportation Supervisor Mark Niewoonder shares details on the hands-on event and how it changed staff members’ perceptions.
New standard for fire suppression systems in buses
October 11, 2012
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden launched the project in 2005 with the objective of creating a safer environment for passengers and bus drivers worldwide. In addition to the new standard for fire suppression systems, the institute has established a voluntary certification/quality mark.
$10K reward offered in bus arson case
August 28, 2012
The Georgia Arson Control Program funds the reward after two Catoosa County school buses are set alight in a fenced-off side lot. The buses, which cost about $90,000 each, are a total loss.
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